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Zulte Waregem lose Leye

Tuesday 27 August 2013 9.32 CET
Mbaye Leye

UEFA Europa League hopefuls SV Zulte Waregem could be without Mbaye Leye for the rest of the season after the Senegal forward twisted his knee in the 1-1 draw at KV Oostende on Sunday.

The 30-year-old underwent a medical examination after the Belgian league game, which revealed a torn cruciate ligament in his right knee. Leye will undergo surgery and is expected to be out for seven to nine months, a blow as Zulte Waregem travel to APOEL FC on Thursday with their play-off at 1-1.

Coach Francky Dury, whose side exited the UEFA Champions League with a third qualifying round loss to PSV Eindhoven, said: "We immediately knew that it was bad. The first signs pointed to the cruciate ligament. This is a blow as well for him personally as for the club. I have supported him the best way possible. We shared fantastic moments together and now I also want to be there to literally support him. Obviously Leye is down now. He was our Drogba, he took the blows and took the young players by the hand."

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